When will Khabib retire and how much longer he is going to fight in UFC?
The undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is one of the most well-known martial artists in the world. One of the most popular questions MMA fans ask about Khabib is how much longer he is going to fight in the UFC and if he is planning to retire from the fight game anytime soon.
We recently heard some news and rumors about Khabib’s upcoming retirement from his father’s interview as well as hints from Khabib himself. According to Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, “The Eagle” won’t be fighting in the UFC for much longer and “he should only fight 2 or 3 more times after a bout with Dustin Poirier”.
It is clear that Nurmagomedov has no desire to compete until late 30’s simply for paychecks like most veteran fighters do when they, basically, serve as “cans” for the younger newcomers. The undefeated champ already made a lot of money (he is one of the highest paid UFC fighters) and with his massive popularity at home in Dagestan as well as in the Muslim world, he should be set for life money-wise. When retired from the sport, Khabib can easily start a successful career as a politician in Russia or some kind of ambassador working with sheikhs. Nurmagomedov already has a lot of connections including the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Nurmagomedov will most likely retire from UFC in late 2020 or 2021
Khabib had his 31st birthday soon after he defended his title against Dustin Poirier. According to Khabib, ahead of the fight in Abu-Dhabi he was physically in his best shape ever, and that he had the easiest weight cut since he joined UFC. On the other hand, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov was saying that Khabib will most likely lose his best physical conditions by the time he turns 33. Keep in mind that Khabib’s father was an athlete himself – he was a competitive freestyle wrestler in the Soviet Union. He went through this stage and experienced a significant drop in his conditioning performance as he was competing at 32-33.
So how many more fights Khabib is going to take until announcing his retirement from the UFC? “The Eagle” is 28-0 after a bout with Poirier and he currently holds the longest active undefeated streak in MMA (with 12 of those wins in the UFC). We know that Khabib will fight next on April 18, 2020 against Tony Ferguson unless this fight will get canceled once again for the 5th time.
If he beats Ferguson, his record will improve to 29-0 – one win away from an unbelievable 30-0 record. If he losses to Tony, I am 100% positive he will fight again and do anything to get a rematch. Either way, it’s safe to say that there is at least two more fights ahead of Khabib Nurmagomedov prior to his UFC retirement. He will probably fight twice in 2020 – in the spring against Tony Ferguson and then one more time later in the year. How about a rematch with Conor McGregor in Moscow at some point later in 2020? I think it would be an epic fight if Khabib and Conor were to square off at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Depending on the outcome of these fights, there is a good chance Khabib might retire undefeated as soon as he hits a 30-0 record. If he losses in either of those two fights, I don’t believe Nurmagomedov will quit right away and leave UFC without a revenge. Which could mean another fight or two throughout the following year 2021. But even then, “The Eagle” will most likely retire by the time he turns 33 in September, 2021 as suggested by his father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.
What do you guys think, how many more times “The Eagle” is going to step inside the octagon? What are your predictions on when will Khabib Nurmagomedov retire from the UFC? Will there be a rematch between Nurmagomedov and McGregor in 2020 or Dana White will book a boxing match Khabib vs Mayweather? Your opinion is always welcomed in the comments below this post.